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Prosecutor: Milwaukee Cops Ignored Voter Fraud Allegations

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A prosecutor said Milwaukee Police ignored allegations of voter fraud for months after the 2008 presidential election. The Journal Sentinel uncovered an e-mail from Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf to a city elections official. It said the police did nothing for 6 months about allegations of double voting, felons voting illegally, and other possible fraud that was referred by the DA’s office. And Landgraf doubted that police would ever investigate over 500 people who registered on Election Day, but whose addresses could never be confirmed. Landgraf refuses to elaborate on his e-mail, and DA John Chisholm says he’ll let the message speak for itself.

Police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz said officers have investigated every case referred by the DA. And city elections’ chief Sue Edman says she’s confident that all the cases are being probed. Schwartz also said the DA has never mentioned any problems to Police Chief Ed Flynn about the way his officers handle voter fraud. But Landgraf’s e-mail said officers might be skittish about investigating it, after seeing how Flynn treated two officers who wrote a controversial report on voter fraud in the 2004 elections. One of those officers retired shortly after telling the Wall Street Journal he was ordered by Flynn not to send officers to polling places that year. The other investigator now looks into gun crimes.

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